Making a Return on the Record
We’re all used to seeing a record producer driving a fancy car, sporting expensive jewelry, and living in an enormous house, but for many record producers, finding work can be pretty rough.
Audio equipment, studio time, transportation costs and living expenses can add up to a lot of money, and it’s important for record producers to be able make a return on their investments.
Here are some tips on how to find work as a record producer:
To be the best, you have to learn from the best. Internships are an easy way for aspiring record producers to get a feel for what’s expected of them at the highest level.
The pay (if there is any) usually isn’t all that great, but the training and experience that comes with an internship will prove to be invaluable in the years that follow.
Established record producers typically hire interns to perform menial tasks around the studio, such as maintaining audio equipment and cleaning up after sessions.
It’s all seemingly dull work, but if you’re a recent college grad, it’s the perfect place to hone your skills.
If you’ve already begun your career as a record producer, you probably have some audio equipment lying around. Even if you haven’t already recorded your own music, you can still offer your expertise at parties and local events for a fee.
Some businesses prefer to have a professional provide music for them. Weddings, company parties, and local events are a good way to get recognized early on in your career.
Attending music conferences helps immensely for up-and-comers in the music industry. Conferences are usually hosted and attended by big names in the industry, and you’ll want to be around other like-minded people if you want to be successful.
Just as in every other industry, it’s not always about what you know, but who you know. As a record producer, it’s important that you get your name out there as often as possible if you want to find work. You’ll be more likely to be hired if you’ve made yourself known to potential clients.
You’ll also want to meet plenty of other music producers and artists that you can collaborate with on future projects. Building good relationships is often the key to success, in any industry.
It seems counter-intuitive to work for free when you’re trying to build a stable income, but doing free work is also a great way to get recognized. Your goal as a record producer is ultimately to get your music heard by as many people as possible, and offering free music is a good way to show your skills.
Establishing your presence online is one of the best and easiest ways to receive work. As a record producer, you are typically in charge of your own marketing, and social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram allow you to display your talent to the world. As an artist, you can also use platforms such as SoundCloud and YouTube to release some of your work. Although you won’t necessarily be compensated for the work you put out on the Internet, you’ll definitely want to gain a following online. Maintaining your social media profile is also a good way to interact with your fans, who are instrumental to your success.